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In the Tyrolean winter sport stronghold of Söll, we undertook painstaking research to find out what makes a family skiing holiday successful. In connection with SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, Austria's largest connected ski area, we then created the perfect conditions for guaranteed winter fun for young and old: Highlights include the new "Kinderkornkammer" (KiKo Söll) – a former grain warehouse that has been converted into a children's paradise – as well as Hexen-Miniland and Hexen-Kinderland in the valley and on the mountain. These family-friendly offerings help to introduce even the littlest ones to skiing.

Enjoying a relaxing skiing holiday with the entire family means having particular expectations of your destination: However, for both children and adults to get the most out of this special time of year, it takes more than just a children's ski course and a baby lift. Because family offerings are only relevant when they understand parents' and children's requirements and take them seriously. In Söll, we know that our offering has to perform a balancing act, because children and adults on holiday have different interests and relax in different ways. With lots of empathy and even more knowledge based on many years of experience, we in Söll have designed a well-stocked buffet of leisure activities, where both parents and children will find plenty of things to their taste.

"KiKo Söll" – a grain warehouse from the past

 

The unique Kinderkornkammer (KiKo Söll), for example, scores with its themed rooms with different degrees of warmth and its highly trained caregivers – making it a hit not only with kids, but also with their parents. Here, kids and teens from 1 year find close to heavenly conditions in which they can play age-appropriately to their heart's content, or discover the joys of winter both indoors and out. At the same time, parents enjoy skiing, snowboarding or sledging... and afterwards the family gets back together with lots of adventures to report.

The grain warehouse – a real piece of cultural heritage – is at the "Knolln Farmhouse" right at the gondola valley station and has been transformed into a very special children's world. Inside the Kornkammer, kids can discover – among other things – the "Schlafkammerl" (sleep chamber). Here they find out how cuddly sheep's wool is, and are invited to dream a while. In the "Mach'lkammerl" (making chamber), kids can help the farmer with his work, and in the "Stable" they learn about animals on the farm.

KiKo Söll's opening times are coordinated with those of the Söll-Hochsöll Ski School and its programme of ski courses. Kids can be registered from Sunday to Friday from 9:30 a.m, and can be picked up again at 4:00 p.m. The price is €35 for half a day, €60 for a whole day. Lunchtime supervision including one meal costs an additional €12.

"Hexen-Miniland" and "Hexen-Kinderland" train body awareness and coordination.

 

And not only in the valley, but also at the sunny midway station Hochsöll, there's lots to discover at Hexen-Kinderland: There's an area there that is tailored to your kids' abilities. With expert guidance from our ski instructors, our little ones from about 3 years old make quick and efficient progress. First experiences on skis are linked to playful learning and safety. Hexen-Kinderland is equipped with, among other things, a ski carousel, a children's terrain garden, a practice area with fun figures, and two magic carpets.

From this winter there's also a staffed family ski depot right at the Hochsöll midway station – next to Hexen-Kinderland. You can store your skis and snowboards there in an area of 240 m²: This guarantees a stress-free ride up and down, especially for families with children.

Heading into the winter adventure

 

Children's introduction to the winter adventure should be fun and without pressure. Please allow the children enough time to learn to ski while having fun. All kids are different, and not everyone learns at the same speed or the same level. We aim for success, but the most important thing is to focus on enjoying skiing.

Tip

Make sure your children are well prepared for being away from you, and keep your farewells short after they've been assigned to their group – this helps the ski instructor to get off to a good start.